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The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship was developed and is led by world-renowned gynecologic surgeons. Our physician experts use an integrated team approach to best treat challenging conditions.

The Department of Medical and Surgical Gynecology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona is divided into five areas of special expertise to serve our patients:

  • Minimally invasive gynecologic Surgery
  • Urogynecology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Medical Gynecology

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in our AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS) program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. Our pelvic surgery fellowship program was developed in 1989 and joined AAGL in 2007. We have provided the clinical and academic foundation for our trainees to provide personalized care for their patients with advanced gynecologic illnesses.

This fellowship is based on the integration of a multidisciplinary team caring for each patient. Our team consists of physicians, advanced practitioners, and nurses. Each of these individuals brings a unique skill set forward in order to benefit patients and their families.

Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus is fortunate to have extensive resources to offer in caring for patients. Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked one of the top medical institutions in Arizona, as well as nationally. We have expertise in virtually every area of medicine and surgery, providing integrated multidisciplinary, patient-centered care to patients and families with complex serious illnesses.

Our fellowship has been designed to provide a strong surgical and clinical experience. You gain clinical expertise not only in clinical management of complex diseases but also in the ability to communicate effectively.

This fellowship has a track record of success as demonstrated by the success of our graduates, who include many leaders in the field of OB-GYN.

Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters your professional and academic growth. If you have additional questions, please contact us for more information.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Johnny Yi, M.D.
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Program Director

Megan Wasson, D.O.
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Associate Program Director and Department Chair

Michelle Louie, M.D.
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Associate Program Director

Johnny Yi, M.D.

Johnny Yi, M.D.

Program Director

What is your educational philosophy/approach?
I try to figure out each fellows’ learning style as quickly as possible and adjust my teaching accordingly. With first-year fellows, I'm very intentional with my direction in surgery, but by the time they get to their second year, they're making independent decisions based on the teaching and training they have received. I give as much feedback as possible, whether it's related to improving their surgical technique or managing a complex clinic patient. Most importantly, I share my love for surgery with them in every case we work together.

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Megan Wasson, D.O.

Megan Wasson, D.O.

Associate Fellowship Director and Department Chair

What do you think is a unique strength of this fellowship?
Mayo Clinic in Arizona is a destination medical center and attracts people from Arizona, the Southwest, and around the world. As a result, we have a wide breadth and volume of pathology that is not frequently seen elsewhere. In my practice, fellows routinely are involved in advanced endometriosis surgeries that are performed independently by the gynecology team, including excision of the diaphragm, shaving or resection of the bowel, and extensive retroperitoneal dissection. This experience sets graduates up for success as they truly have “seen it all” in the realm of advanced gynecologic surgery by the time they graduate.

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Michelle Louie, M.D.

Michelle Louie, M.D.

Associate Fellowship Director

What changes are coming to the program?
One thing I really appreciate about this program is that it's dynamic and always changing with the academic environment to best support fellow education and patient care. We're currently expanding our practice and with the addition of more faculty, I’m excited to see the number of learning opportunities for fellows increase and I’m also looking forward to fellows learning additional approaches to both common and unique challenges. There is such a robust training curriculum and structured evaluation system that has evolved over time to meet fellows’ needs while still prioritizing the safety and needs of each patient.

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Faculty

In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship.

Kristina Butler, M.D., M.S.

Kristina Butler, M.D., M.S.

Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship? What do you look for in a fellow? 
The ideal candidate is genuinely motivated by best patient outcomes, combining empathy, evidence-based medicine, and advanced surgical skill. I seek a fellow with dedication to their educational and professional success and who works with our team to reach great heights together.

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Paul Magtibay, M.D.

Paul Magtibay, M.D.

What do you love about Phoenix? What do you like to do outside of work?
There is no snow. I was raised in Minnesota and hate winter. It's that simple. I'm now about seven years from retirement so I'm beginning to explore different hobbies that may be of interest. Some ideas include hunting, fishing, sporting clays, and horses. I have some experience with each, but I'll need to decide.

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Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.